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Resources for Protecting Immigrant Communities

In the wake of the 2016 election, Local Progress is coordinating with several leading organizations including the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Immigrant Defense Project, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, to maintain a collection of resources for local elected officials in the fight against deportations and aggressive tactics from federal immigration authorities. More documents will be posted here in the coming weeks as they are made available. If you are in need of assistance, or would like to connect with any policy experts at these organizations, please contact Tarsi Dunlop (

City Examples (Please contact us directly for support on any directive or policy design)

Sample School District Resolutions

  • These two sample resolutions, one from NILC and one from NEA, are resources for local officials. However, if you would like to pursue a resolution, we encourage you to work with us and our partners in crafting language that is specific and appropriate for your district. 

Local Progress Policy Briefs

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  • NEW: Access to Justice: Ensuring Counsel for Immigrants Facing Deportation in the D.C. Metropolitan Area
    • Even though deportation is one of the most serious legal consequences that a person can face, and despite the fact that immigrants may be jailed for the duration of the their immigration court proceedings, immigrants facing deportation have no established constitutional right to appointed counsel. As this report illustrates, individuals without lawyers face significant challenges and rarely receive favorable immigration court outcomes.
  • NEW: Protecting Immigrant Communities: Municipal Policy to Confront Mass Deportation and Criminalization
    • Many jurisdictions around the country have passed policies to stop the federal government from co-opting local resources for the enforcement of immigration law— these localities have come to be known as sanctuary cities (or counties). It is clear this exercise of local power will be more vital than ever in the coming months and years. This toolkit is designed to help policymakers, at the local level, who wish to create or further strengthen sanctuary style laws and policies. The policy guidance in this toolkit is directly informed by the important lessons of cities and counties who have lead these efforts to date.
  • How Much Funding for Sanctuary Jurisdictions Could Be at Risk?
    • While the executive order from January 25, 2017 threatens to defund sanctuary jurisdictions, it does not specifically list what sources of funding are at risk. To better understand what could be at stake, the authors have calculated the amount of funding for five key federal grants that have been targeted in the past by congressional Republicans seeking to defund sanctuary jurisdictions through legislation. The interactive graphic below details, state by state, how much funding could be threatened. An interactive map is available here.
  • The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy
    • A report from the Center for American Progress and the National Immigration Law Center, research by Tom Wong. Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. Moreover, economies are stronger in sanctuary counties—from higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment.
  • Sanctuary, Safety, and Community – Tools for Welcoming and Protecting Immigrants through Local Democracy (English and Spanish)
    • A report from Demos and LatinoJustice designed to equip state and local jurisdictions and institutions with much-needed guidance to establish community policies that welcome and protect immigrants.
  • Local Options for Protecting Immigrants: A Collection of City and County Policies to Protect Immigrants from Discrimination and Deportation (ILRC)
    • Cities and counties have no legal obligation to enforce federal immigration laws. This report highlights the policies that cities and counties should focus on to protect their immigrant communities as part of the sanctuary city concept from county and jail provisions and criminal legal provisions to city provisions and inclusion policies.
  • Report: Promoting Equality – City and State Policy to Ensure Immigrant Safety and Inclusion (CPD)
    • This report offers a survey of the state and local immigrant rights policy landscape, in particular how immigrants along with allies and state and city governments have advanced innovative policies that promote opportunities and eliminate discrimination against immigrants. Local legislators and constituents they serve have come to realize that denying basic rights is not only unethical but has a negative impact on the economic, cultural and social health of cities.
  • Fact Sheet: Sanctuary cities and public funding (ILRC)
    • This FAQ document provides information for a DOJ notice on federal grant conditions and cooperation with immigration enforcement, particularly around criminal justice grants and the possibility of non-compliance with 8 USC § 1373. Although the notice is new, the language in it does not necessarily indicate any underlying change in policy or grant requirements. Nothing in federal law requires localities to comply with immigration detainers or requests for notice of release from ICE. This FAQ does not directly address the post election climate around threats to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities.
  • Summary: Court cases on ICE detainers  (ILRC)
    • This October 2016 legal update summarizes recent court decisions and policy changes in connection with immigration detainer law and legal defects with ICE’s enforcement operations.
  • Legal Analysis: ICE detainers (ILRC)
    • This brief memo discusses immigration detainers and how recent federal court decisions have interpreted them. These decisions have major ramifications for the way that local law enforcement must respond to detainers, and require significant changes in historic practices of cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
  • Background: Secure Communities and PEP (ILRC)
    • In November 2014, President Obama ended the Secure Communities (SComm) program and DHS replaced it with the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) which works exactly the same way – tracking fingerprints and helping ICE agents issue detainers and retrieve people from local jails. This advisory explains the PEP forms and operations.
  • ICE Detainer Map and Searching for Sanctuary Report (ILRC)
    • The map shows the degree to which local law enforcement offer assistance to federal immigration authorities, as well as the degree to which localities have enacted laws or policies limiting their involvement in federal immigration enforcement.  The report contains more details about local policies regarding immigration enforcement and analysis of what the map means.

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